Leaders fund program
MARINA DEL REY, Calif.--The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association and the Western Burglar & Fire Alarm Association Unilateral Apprenticeship and Training Committee developed a four-year distance learning apprenticeship program for fire/life safety and low-voltage technicians in California thanks to a $150,000 donation by four industry leaders.
The NBFAA's National Training School will also offer the apprenticeship training programs throughout the country.
Funding came from WBFAA UATC Chairman George Gunning of USA Alarm Systems of Monrovia, Calif., Douglas Shackley of Pacific Auxiliary Fire Alarm of San Francisco, Ron Dalton of ADT Security Services of Torrance, Calif., and Jim Hardie, chairman of PROTECT Security Systems of Malibu, Calif.
In 2004, the WBFAA UATC received approval for apprenticeship programs and more than 1,000 technicians enrolled. However, the distance-learning aspect of the program still needs approval. The committee hopes to make it available in the spring of 2006.